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Tuesday 28 July 2015
Top 10 Macau sommeliers

The small peninsula of Macau plays host to a wealth of wine talent. Here, db HK rounds up 10 of the country’s finest and most passionate sommeliers.

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Treasury team takes up charity challenge

The Benevolent chairman Dan Townsend has invited the trade to raise funds for this charity by joining a Treasury Wine Estates team on the “Thames Path Challenge”.

Drivers who drink bottle of wine let off with fine

Drivers in an Italian province can now drink a whole bottle of wine before driving and not lose their licence.

Craft beer continues to grow in US

The latest figures from the Brewers Association show that craft beer’s rise is continuing in the US with production volumes up 16% so far this year.

Passengers’ luggage replaced with beer

Bemused passengers had their luggage replaced with free cases of beer as part of a promotional stunt by Carlsberg at London City Airport.

Beer

Pint-sized pub launches in London

A craft beer specialist claiming to be “the smallest pub in London” has opened close to Piccadilly.

Asian beer market will grow to $202bn by 2020

India and China are driving demand for premium beer as emerging middle classes “adopt Western culture”, according to APAC Market’s latest report.

Terrapin to release official Walking Dead beer

A US brewer is to release an official beer of AMC’s hit TV series The Walking Dead and its original comic book series.

Nuns battle to build winery and brewery

A group of nuns are fighting to build a winery and brewery as part of a major development in suburban Chicago.

The rise of the independent pub

It is hardly news that times are tough in the UK pub industry. With pubs closing at a rate of 29 a week, publicans are being forced to be ever more inventive to stay open for business and remain profitable.

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A taste of Spain: Boqueria, Hong Kong

The arrival of Chef Robert Petzold earlier this year marked a change in direction for Boqueria Hong Kong with its new menu, the Taste of Spain, focusing on pairing tapas with wine. by Simone Madden-Grey

‘Pink seminar’ tests HK trade’s selling skills

Just before Typhoon Linfa temporarily shut Hong Kong down for a few hours on 9 July, about 20 trade professionals gathered for Rod Smith MW’s talk “Think Pink: La Vie en Rosé”. by Ivy Ng

Raising a glass to the metrosexual urbanite

Big alcohol has looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a makeover, writes Spiros Malandrakis senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International. by Spiros Malandrakis
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WHISK(E)Y

Grant family celebrates 150 years at Glenfarclas

To celebrate 150 years of ownership of Glenfarclas, the fifth and sixth generations of the Grant family have launched a new Family Reserve bottling.

New fund boosts Chinese thirst for luxury Scotch

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has begun a trade mission to China by unveiling a £3 million fund to help the country’s whisky fans invest in rare bottlings.

Macallan launches ‘Rare Cask’ in UK

The Macallan’s “Rare Cask” which it claims is the “embodiment” of its “obsession” with single malt – has been launched in the UK.

The Pogues launch Irish whiskey

West Cork Distillers, one of only three independent whiskey distilleries in Ireland, has launched an Irish whiskey in partnership with The Pogues.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

French rosé steals the limelight this week turning our roundup a pretty shade of pink, with a barbecue-ready Shiraz and “epic” Gewürztraminer completing the lineup.

Top 10 wines in the US press

An “exuberant” red from Portugal’s Douro Valley, a food-friendly Moldovan Malbec and a crisp Californian rosé make for a line-up perfectly suited to summer sipping.

Top 10 London craft beer pubs

London offers no end of drinking dens where craft beer enthusiasts can indulge in Belgian-style brews, cask ales and quirky fruit beers.

Top 10 HK vintage wine and food ads

Explore Hong Kong’s wine drinking past with our selection of food and wine adverts which graced newspapers from the 1980s to 1990s.

Top 10 drinks pronunciation pitfalls

From foreign tongue twisters to commonly mispronounced classics, the drinks business tackles some of the trickiest names on the drinks list.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A “rich and exotic” Argentine Pinot Grigio, “super-charged” pink Cava and a smattering of German Rieslings were the pick of the bunch in the UK press this week.

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Fine Wine

A below the radar Cheval Blanc?

Is the 2006 Cheval Blanc a “dark horse” vintage for the Saint Emilion heavyweight?

2000 Clos d’Ambonnay released

The fourth vintage of Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay, the 2000, has been released with just over 5,000 bottles available.

Charles Heidsieck launches 2006 rosé

Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled its Rosé Millésime 2006, the first since its 1999 vintage.

Employee sold company wine to pay debts

An employee of a Singaporean wine merchant illegally sold almost 15,000 bottles of company wine to pay loan sharks.

Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte bolsters position

Nicolas Feuillatte increased its shipments by 19% between 2007 to 2014, the biggest growth of any Champagne brand during that period, according to a report by Shanken.

F1 trip offered through Watson’s Wines and Mumm

Hong Kong customers who buy Mumm Champagne through Watson’s Wines can win a trip to the 2015 Grand Prix in Singapore.

Krug partners with The Ritz

Champagne Krug has partnered with The Ritz London to offer guests a tasting flight on the terrace throughout August.

Sales fizz at Matthew Clark

High end Prosecco and English sparkling wine have helped to drive a 40% year-on year uplift in fizz sales at Matthew Clark, one of the UK’s largest on-trade suppliers.

Aston Martin teams up with Dom Pérignon

The Italian arm of British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has teamed up with Dom Pérignon to offer a luxury Champagne extra that James Bond would be proud of.